A LOOK INTO A METEOROLOGIST’S CAREER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING MATHS IN THE US

Maths is a frequently chosen subject at the degree level and is popular with students in younger years as well. It’s stereotypically known for being traditionally challenging, but with hard work, it’s a realistic subject if you want it to be. Many people don’t really know what careers there are associated with this degree, and while it is certainly not impossible to branch out into sectors unrelated to your degree, maths has several lucrative career paths if you choose to do it at university.

Some of these jobs could be in research, software engineering or statistics. Mostly, however, mathematicians are popular candidates for employers as they gain highly sought-after skills that make them well-suited to almost any problem-solving job. This makes it well worth considering and learning more about maths at the degree level. This article will be focused on meteorologists, their earning potential, and the recommended employers to help you get there after your degree.

METEOROLOGY – IS IT FOR ME?

Meteorologists are people who study the weather and use scientific methods to gather data and make accurate predictions reading the climate. Your role will be to complete various weather forecasts through computer and mathematical equipment.  

Accurate weather predictions are very important in numerous other sectors in the working world, such as farmers, the media, fishing industries, aviation, and shipping companies. Not to mention, doing research on the ongoing issues derived from climate change means that you’ll have a direct and significant impact on many others. 

Some of your responsibilities in detail as a meteorologist are collecting data, analysing information, presenting briefings, monitoring climate change and liaising with colleagues. This may not be a very well-known career path to follow, but it is certainly rewarding as you’ll be able to see the results of your hard work every day.  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Trainee  
You must have a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, maths or one with mathematical components, such as physics, computer science or software engineering.  After that, a graduate degree like a master’s or PhD will be hugely beneficial. Trainees are often called technicians and require a lot of training as part of the position. Once you complete your training, you’ll be a fully accomplished meteorologist! 
$35,000 
Experienced  
Experienced meteorologists will earn higher salaries and have a greater amount of experience in comparison to their junior colleagues. Moreover, many people who progress to this level have substantial work experience that boosts their resume and impresses employers.  
$55,000 
Senior/Managerial  
Senior meteorologists usually have managerial positions or other roles of equal importance. They have at least several years of experience which gives them the ability to guide less experienced colleagues. They might also have a postgraduate qualification to increase their knowledge on their chosen career path.  
$96,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS  

  1. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  2. South Coast Air Quality Management District 
  3. CBS Television Stations 
  4. NBCUniversal 
  5. The E.W. Scripps Company 
  6. Hubbard Broadcasting 
  7. WENY News 
  8. Univision communications inc 
  9. Hearst Media Services 
  10. Nexstar Broadcasting 

In conclusion, as a maths graduate your options are never going to be limited – whatever path you decide to pursue, and you now know that there are multiple ways of finding a job. Whether you want to teach maths in another country or work in a global organisation abroad, international graduates and regular ones have many opportunities ahead of them. Most employers in this sector accept employees from all areas, so don’t allow your degree to restrict your view for the future. With a little perseverance, you’ll no doubt reach your goal and dream career as a new graduate.  


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